Continuous Glucose Monitoring, Flash Glucose Monitoring, Sue Marshall

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YOUR WORLD IN YOUR HANDS -

EDITOR'S COMMENT

Always speak to your healthcare

professional for advice about your choice

of diabetes kit, although at this point, you

may not get funding for these technologies

from the NHS. However, there's nothing to

stop you asking about how to go about

getting it. And for those who can afford it,

all are available to buy for yourself.

CGM systems claim greater impact on

HbA1C and time in range (TIR) than Flash

Glucose Monitoring, while Flash is more

affordable than full CGM and when well

used can also impact HbA1c and TIR.

Full CGM has options to put in alarms

to tell you when your blood glucose is on

the move, either up or down, and indeed

how fast it is moving. In the LibreLink app

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

A CGM system provides continuous,

real-time trend information about glucose

levels for people with diabetes allowing for

appropriate intervention to prevent either

high or low blood sugars. It can help you

spend more time in your glucose target

range. To use a CGM system, the user

inserts a tiny sensor beneath the skin,

typically on the stomach. This sensor

measures glucose levels from interstitial

body fluid and is attached to a transmitter

that sends readings to a monitor or an

insulin pump, usually every five minutes.

CGM provides a more complete picture

than blood testing because it reveals

high and low glucose trends that periodic

blood 'fingerstick' testing may not show.

You may also see it referred to as

rtCGM - which is the same thing, the

'rt' has been added in to represent 'real

time', reflecting the idea that the data is

frequently automatically updated and is

therefore current on the screen.

Note: as CGM reads glucose in

interstitial body fluid, not blood itself, it is

therefore around 10-15 minutes behind

what a blood test would show. So it's

'almost real time'. If worried, in doubt, or

feel the need to know what your blood

glucose is beyond using a sensor then an

old-fashioned blood test is a good way

to put your mind at rest as to what your

actual blood glucose is.

Flash Glucose Monitoring

This also uses an on-body sensor,

but does not have a transmitter. It

automatically measures, captures and

stores glucose data but readings are

picked up by scanning the sensor with a

reader, or a smartphone.

Flash Glucose Monitoring is a new

category that is designed as an affordable

and easy way to glean glucose data using

a quick scan of the reader over the sensor.

The small and fully disposable sensor lasts

up to 14 days.

GLOSSARY

you can schedule reminders so you swipe

more often and gain more insights.

A note about 'alarm fatigue'. You can

always turn the alarms off if you are finding

them too intrusive. They will be at first

but, as you get used to using CGM with

alarms, you end up with better control,

and therefore have fewer alarms. You can

even turn the sensor off if you need to. It's

your call - you may need your sleep (for

example) more than you need to know if

you are running a bit too high or low). Or,

you may feel that an early warning about

a hypo is worth being woken for. Start by

setting alarms with a wide range. Once

greater control is achieved, these can be

tightened up. - Sue Marshall

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